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Why is Venus not so good on AO hard court?

Venus at:
USO:62-12;
AO:39-12;
FO:41-15;


Wib:71-11.

even wrose than French Open?

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Re: Why is Venus not so good on AO hard court?

Please do share how 41-15 is better than 39-12.
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Re: Why is Venus not so good on AO hard court?

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Please do share how 41-15 is better than 39-12.
OK,she has more wins at FO;
She is expecxted to be as good as at USO hard court,and she is generally not good at clay

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Re: Why is Venus not so good on AO hard court?

Slw surfaces always tone down her game and she makes more mistakes than serena

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Re: Why is Venus not so good on AO hard court?

It might be the time of the year moreso than the surface. Venus is rusty until Wimbledon.


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Re: Why is Venus not so good on AO hard court?

Because the courts aren't green, don't grow when you water them and don't require mowing.
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Re: Why is Venus not so good on AO hard court?

She did well at AO years ago, making SF and F in her peak years. She made the 2008 QF too but was injured (and that other QF in 2010 which didn't happen ). It's not some weird allergy she's developed to the tournament .

I bet the intense heat doesn't help her Sjogrens - before that started popping up she did fine at the AO.
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Re: Why is Venus not so good on AO hard court?

Slow surfaces always her achilles-heel...and she just didn't adapt technically, like Serena was capable of doing.

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Re: Why is Venus not so good on AO hard court?

Slower surface than USO exposes more technical flaws forces her to hit more balls and therefore more errors.
2 weeks into the season. Venus unlike Serena works into a season and often doesn't start playing her best tennis straight away.
Hot, Dry conditions possibly tire her out even quicker given her syndrome.
Confidence player who doesn't seem to feels as comfortable or have the same connection with the venue and event as at somewhere like Wimbledon, often giving the impression not that she's not trying, but that a loss here isn't the end of the world for her.


Loads of reasons tbh

Although given her quality and success elsewhere it is surprising that 1998-2003 she didnt manage to sneak a win in somewhere. 2002 had she not screwed up her knee in hindsight looks the biggest missed opportunity, but unfortunately it looks beyond her now hopefully 10 years on from her last final here she proves me wrong!

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Re: Why is Venus not so good on AO hard court?

1998 QF - l. Davenport
1999 QF - l. Davenport
2001 SF - l. Hingis
2002 QF - l. Seles
2003 F - l. S.Williams

That's some great consistency in her early/peak years. The only real surprise was 2002. In 2003, she finally played great at the tournmanent, but ran into GOAT Serena.

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Re: Why is Venus not so good on AO hard court?

Couple of years she's been injured and played, but mainly she comes in pretty rusty and not ready and these courts are too slow for her to be rusty on. I like that she's at least playing Hopman Cup this year.
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Re: Why is Venus not so good on AO hard court?

Slower surface, hot condition, start of the year. All factors that affect Venus in my opinion.

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Re: Why is Venus not so good on AO hard court?

It never used to be a problem until recent years. She doesn't have enough preparation and the courts don't favor her playing style. She's playing Hopman cup so maybe that will change this year.

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Re: Why is Venus not so good on AO hard court?

I think it is her match play. As she has gotten older, she has relied on match play to get into form. You never see her tank events like Serena because it means so much more for her in the long term. In January, Venus has nothing to rely on and she is more likely to throw in a dud.
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